New Jersey metal act FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY will release a new album titled "The Great Collapse" on March 17 via Entertainment One/Good Fight Music in North America and SPV overseas. Artist Adam Burke was tapped to create the visually stunning cover art.
Guitarist and producer Will Putney stated about the effort: "'The Great Collapse' is a reflection on the current chaotic state of mankind's relationship with the world, and its effect both outward and inward. It's a dark and unsettling record that encapsulates a variety of approaches to aggressive music, and a definite expansion of our capabilities as a band."
"The Great Collapse" will be the FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY's fourth full-length record, continuing the momentum gained from a solid 200-plus days of worldwide touring backing the buzzworthy release of "Absolute Hope Absolute Hell" in late 2015, as well "The Depression Sessions", a split release with THE ACACIA STRAIN and THY ART IS MURDER in 2016.
"It's going to be the strongest record in our catalog," Putney said. "The overall mood and atmosphere of this album feels fully realized and emotionally stirring."
The crushing music of FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY is for any fan of extreme metal, as it's devoid of preachy politics or grandstanding soapboxing, but its sound and fury is absolutely unflinching in purpose. The band expertly blends excessive-force-fueled death metal with atmospheric groove and impassioned personal diatribes, reflecting back the dark state of current events.
"The Great Collapse" doesn't waste time with fantasy bullshit or cliché gore horror. FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY are metal guys, to be certain, but they grew up in the hardcore scene. They embrace the responsibility to put as much devoted purpose into their lyrics and message as they do into their dense, heady, songs, forging a magnificently powerful new post-deathcore.
"When I write a song, I'm trying to feel emotionally connected to it. I really don't like saying things that don't matter over music that I want to matter," said Putney. "We've always addressed serious topics going back to our first album. We aren't a politically charged band up on a podium yelling at people — anybody can relate to the aggression, anger, frustration, and sadness often communicated in our music. But we absolutely raise important questions in the lyrics. Those themes are there to discover."
Putney's fellow guitarist/cofounder, Patrick Sheridan, strongly agrees. He emphasizes that while the music of FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY may evolve, it will always be aggressive and will always have purpose. "We think it's important to carry that torch," he said. "Somebody's got to say something about the shit that's going on. If you're not using your music, which is a great platform, for something meaningful that you care about on some level, then you're kind of wasting it."
The six men of the New Jersey-based group — which includes vocalist Joe Badolato, bassist Peter Spinazola, third guitarist Tim Howley, and drummer Josean Orta — put maximum intentionality into everything they do. They are constantly challenging themselves as musicians, adding to the band's overall creative arsenal, connecting with audiences around the world, and supporting one another in the band as individual people.